Here you can download, save and print our blank 5 string bass tab in PDF Format. To download our free blank 5 string bass tablature template, simply right-click on the link below, and select “Download Linked File”. You can then access the blank bass tab on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
How To Use Our Blank 5 String Bass Tab
In tablature there are two basic rules you need know. Lines equal strings, and numbers equal frets. Let’s start with the first rule. Since we are using blank 5 string bass tab, the bottom line is the 5th string, also known as B, if you are in standard tuning. It is the thickest string on your bass. The line at the top of the blank bass tab is the 1st string, which should be the thinnest string on your bass.
Next, you can write numbers directly on the lines of the 5 string blank bass tab. The numbers represent what frets you are to place your fingers in. Numbers that are stacked on top of each other mean all of the notes are played at once, such as in a chord. Essentially, tablature is a form of the Cartesian coordinate system for string instruments. So whenever you get stuck with reading bass tablature, you can ask your self these two questions:
- What string am I supposed to be on?
- What fret am I supposed to be in?
If you can answer those two questions correctly, then you will always be able to play play the correct notes. Lastly, there are many symbols for tablature, more than can be explained here. You will want to start learning basic bass tab symbology to help you understand the basics.